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Does a Killer Live in Your Home? Carbon Monoxide and Your Furnace
Posted: September 7, 2017 by Andy
Although you've set your home's security system and locked your doors and windows, there might still be a killer living inside your home. Your heating system may seem safe, but some precautions are needed to make sure that you're not harboring a fugitive gas in your household. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless silent killer, which makes it very dangerous. Keep reading to learn more about your furnace and how to keep your family safe!
Where does Carbon Monoxide come from?
The harmful CO gas comes from your furnace when it is not working properly. Often, you'll find that if you have a broken or cracked line, the gas is leaking into your home. Also, if your furnace is in a poorly-ventilated area, the gas can build up and cause harm to you and your family.
It is imperative that you have your furnace inspected on a regular basis to ensure that none of your pipes are broken, and your heat exchanger is working properly. If you find that there is any damage to your furnace, you need to have it repaired quickly.
Preventing CO poisoning
There are steps around your home you can take to prevent CO poisoning from happening. One of the first things you want to do is install a CO detector. Similar in function to a smoke detector, it will sound an alarm when CO gas is present. A detector is your first line of defense to alert you to a problem.
To keep your home safe, replace or clean your furnace filter regularly. It is important to ensure that the air filter stays free from debris as it allows the CO to remain in your home if the gas can't pass through the filter efficiently.
If you think that you have a CO problem in your home, call your local furnace repair company immediately. Carbon Monoxide is a serious risk and has killed many people. Don't let your family become a victim - stay up-to-date with your furnace maintenance.
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